Emirates Stadium side move one step closer to land long term target.
Arsenal are set to finally trigger Loic Remy’s reported £10m release clause following Arsene Wenger’s call to his former club Marseille for a character reference according to the Daily Express.
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The 27 year old French international has long been a Gunners target and it seems that Arsenal manager Wenger wanted to get some background information on the QPR man before making the requisite offer for his services.
Remy enjoyed a strong season on loan at Newcastle United last season, scoring 14 goals in 24 Premier League starts, and is currently on international duty at the World Cup finals and apparently an inside at Ligue 1 side Marseille has spoken of a recent phonecall made to the club from Wenger, stating;
“Arsene rang our chairman. He seemed to be more interested in what kind of person Loic is. He didn’t give any trouble in the three years he was here.”
Such a move would appear to rule out a permanent switch to St James’ Park which has in turn led Alan Pardew to pursue Hertha Berlin forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Arsene Wenger has been looking to strengthen his attack this summer following a campaign where he was left to overly rely upon Olivier Giroud due in part to his insistence on not signing alternative goal-scoring options and injuries that ruled out both Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski for much of the last campaign.
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